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Hi teachers,

Do people nowadays still use "a quarter to eleven to mean 10:45"?

And how would you prefer to tell time when it comes to:

11:15

"It's eleven fifteen" or "It's 15 minutes past eleven" or "It's 15 minutes after eleven"

Thank you.

Tinanam
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tinanam0102Do people nowadays still use "a quarter to eleven to mean 10:45"?
Yes. I find that it is very common.
tinanam010211:15

"It's eleven fifteen" or "It's 15 minutes past eleven" or "It's 15 minutes after eleven"
I prefer to say "It's eleven fifteen".

CJ
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Hi CalifJim,

Thank you for your reply.

Could I ask if "a quarter to eleven" a British usage?

Are "It's eleven fifteen", "It's 15 minutes past eleven", "It's 15 minutes after eleven" all correct usage?

Regards,

Tinanam
Yes. You can also say "It's a quarter past" for 15 minutes.

In addition to "it's a quarter to," a uniquely American use (so I'm told) is "a quarter of." 10:45 is a quarter of, as well as a quarter to. In my experience, it's use less often with the actual hour and more often simply as "It's about a quater of" (presuming the person knows roughly what time it is and you don't need to say the hour).
Hi,

I say, and hear quite commonly,

a quarter to eleven meaning 10:45

and

a quarter past eleven meaning 11:15

Clive
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tinanam0102Could I ask if "a quarter to eleven" a British usage?

In speech (especially), I tend not to use "a"; I'd just say, for example, "it's quarter to eleven". In speech (though not so much in writing), the use of "a" feels slightly fussy or old-fashioned to me (though it doesn't leap out as a glaringly odd thing to say). I'm not sure if this is typical of British English speakers or if it's just me, but from memory I think many people in my part of the world omit "a".

Apart from the caveat about "a", this is very common usage in Britain.
Mr Wordythe use of "a" feels slightly fussy or old-fashioned to me
Hmm. The least fussy of all, to my ear, is commonly heard in the U.S.:

It's quarder d' lev'n.

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CJ
Hi CalifJim, Clive, Grammar Greek and Mr. Wordy,

Thank you for your part of explanation contributed to this topic.

Have a wonderful day.

Thank you.

Tinanam
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tinanam0102Have a wonderful day.
You, too! Emotion: wink

CJ
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